Now that the world is comfortably starting to ease out of lockdowns and vaccinate the most vulnerable of the populace, people can finally start to safely plan vacations for the next few years. One of the hardest parts of being contained to your homeland is how to decide where you will go once you’re free!
Today we will have a look at the top places to visit around the globe to help you find your sunny paradise to lay down and forget the last 18 months or simply to add to your list of dream locations to plan for over the next few years.
Havana – Cuba
If you’re looking for a relatively cheap place to hang out to get used to the idea of an open world, this is your place! With beautiful and hot sunny weather all through winter, this is a brilliant place to head if you want to avoid the bite of your average American winter while staying fairly close to home.
Getting here can be a little awkward as the USA still looks down on travel to this (mostly) ex-Communist state, but you can simply get a connecting flight to pretty much anywhere else on the continent and head over there to drink the finest rum straight from the source.
Negril – Jamaica
Rastafarianism and Marijuana are the main things associated with Jamaica. This is an absolute disservice to this Caribbean paradise, as the island is home to an inordinate amount of culture, delicious homely food and hot sun all year round.
Even without the Rastas’ sacred leaf, it is impossible not to feel relaxed and at one with the local culture and wildlife and you will always feel at home and welcome to the island and its stunning beaches.
Kaua’i – Hawaii
This is not the usual island that US citizens are found flocking to every holiday season. Kaua’i is considered a little bit of a hidden gem, you won’t find it on the front of any Hawaii hospitality magazine, but most of the best places to visit are less talked about! For those willing to go against the grain, this island will satisfy any budding explorers and vacationers almost instantly.
Covered mostly in jungle and beach and with a very small amount of built-up civilization, this beautiful island still feels natural and new, while providing you with all the amenities you would hope for from a holiday destination.
Bora Bora – Tahiti
One of the world’s most unique and wonderous vacation spots, Bora Bora is home to the villas suspended over shallow beaches you’ve seen all over your Instagram. Located in the middle of nowhere – French Polynesia – Bora Bora is expensive to travel to and stay in, but you won’t be regretting the decision for a minute.
With a hot sun and clear skies all year, you could lose weeks to the almost endless shallow waters and shockingly clear water and sleeping in a hut above the beach is an experience you can’t find in many other locations on the globe.
Bali – Indonesia
Another beautiful island, Bali is unique even amongst the dozens of islands found in Indonesia. Bali has been occupied for over 4000 years and as a result is home to countless pieces of Asian and religious history. There are few other places where you can relax on a sunny beach with an ancient Hindu temple in your eyeline!
This is another expensive place to get to, but one of the great advantages of Indonesia is the cheap prices across the board for food and accommodation, despite its popularity as a tourist destination. This makes it very cost effective – especially if you’ve been saving up those air miles!
Possidi – Greece
Another lesser-known spot as most people visiting Greece will head to one of the many historical islands or the dozens of historical ruins on the mainland. For those willing to go native and dig deep into the outskirts of the country, you can find some incredible spots.
Situated at the end of a Halkidiki peninsula, Possidi is an extremely quiet tourist settlement considered to be a secret of the area. Beyond the hills, cliffs, and clear view of the mighty Mount Olympus, there is a serene sand-spit pushing far into the Mediterranean’s beautiful clear waters so you can sun-bathe surrounded by sand with no one around!
The Dominican Republic
No sunny vacation list can ever be complete without a proper Caribbean vacation spot, and the Dominican Republic is by far my favorite. Much like its neighbor Haiti, this region can be fraught with natural disasters, but the risk is worth it to millions of tourists a year – and for good reason!
A relatively cheap Caribbean spot, the Dominican Republic still boasts the huge resorts, magnificent beaches and scorching sunshine you can come to expect from the area. Just watch out for all the other post-covid visitors!
Bondi Beach – Australia
Bondi is an area made most famous by various international programs and news headlines focused on the insane surfing and beach culture in the area. While being heavily populated for the Australian summer, Bondi still boasts some beautiful beaches and magnificent water with great Pacific waves to satisfy the sporty amongst you.
This area is unique on this list in that it is by far the most developed vacation spot on the list, being part of a large city in one of the most populated areas of the continent, making it a brilliant starting point for those who want to explore the world but maintain a level of comfort they are used to.
When it comes to choosing your next holiday destination many people have started to take into consideration how good the location will look on their Instagram feed as a deciding factor to go. This big change in the importance of social media has led to some exotic and city locations becoming more popular as they offer attractions and tourist hotspots that would make any Instagram feed look really fashionable. If you are looking for the most Instagram-worthy holiday destinations then keep reading for my suggestions.
Cornwall is a beautiful seaside region of England that many people have been visiting at an increased rate in recent years, with a good balance of natural landscape with the beaches and gorgeous blue ocean and the busy city life. You will find plenty to do if you choose Cornwall for your next vacation. Cornwall is a high place so there are many different areas that you can visit to suit your preferences, do some research to see what is there and how Cornwall has such a rich history of the many industries that were present, one thing’s for sure if you go to Cornwall you won’t be short of content to post on your Instagram feed.
The Maldives is another very popular part of the world for Instagram worthy holidays with your loved ones, this classic beach location is located in South Asia and would be perfect for those of you looking for a more laid back trip relaxing on the beach with only the waves to keep you company. There really isn’t a better place for an Instagram-worthy trip and with so much to see and do that is native to the area you could learn something new also. The Maldives is also very popular for weddings and a Maldives honeymoon is something that many newlyweds choose to do due to the romantic backdrop of the natural setting.
If you are looking for an Instagram-worthy trip that is a bit more futuristic and busy, then Tokyo could be the one for you, with the bright city lights and urban appeal. Tokyo has been a popular tourist destination for years and years. The culture is so unique with things like street food and street performers being a very common occurrence.
It should go without saying that The Caribbean is another totally Instagram-worthy location that you must visit at some point in your lifetime, again this is another place with a cultural element that is so different from what can be found anywhere else in the world. If you want nice food, music, and amazing beaches then a trip to the Caribbean is something that cannot be missed. The great thing about the Caribbean is that there are so many little islands you can visit, for the perfect Instagram trip that is going to brighten up your feed. I would recommend doing some kind of boat trip around the islands to really make the most out of it and get some amazing pictures.
Another location for the romantics amongst you, Paris is without a doubt one of the most stylish locations you can vacation to, the classic tourist destinations and iconic food culture is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what you can spend your time doing in Paris. If you love to share your shopping snaps on Instagram then being able to add the location tag as Paris and show off your new purchases is enough to make any viewer jealous and give you plenty of likes on your feed.
London is another vacation destination that would be perfect for those of you that like to shop. If you are looking for some of the finer things to post about on Instagram then why not try afternoon tea at the Savoy or a visit to The Tower of London for an experience you will never forget. London has so much to offer including an urban style meal at Camden Town followed by a show on the west end you will never run out of activities in London and they will all make for excellent posts on your Instagram feed.
If you’re lucky enough to visit America then New York is a must if you want to get pictures of all of the iconic American landmarks. New York is a great place with many hidden treasures featuring unique restaurants and entertainment shows that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. The bright city lights and classic Brooklyn Bridge in the background would make for some excellent photography to brighten up your feed and show off your latest travels.
The final location on this list that you simply must visit at some point if you are looking to give your Instagram a boost would have to be Spain, this large region has so much to offer with many popular holiday destinations and beaches for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Imagine sitting back on a sun lounger in the Spanish sun on one of their lovely beaches, sampling some traditional Spanish cuisine, followed by some high energy entertainment to really round off your evening and give you the opportunity to get the perfect pictures to add some flair to your Instagram page and bring in some extra likes.
Something that we all experienced in the last year or so was the marvel of panic buying. A lot has been going on in the world in the last year, from global pandemics to a decrease in lorry drivers all around the world. Unfortunately, due to all of the issues that we have been facing, some people lost a lot of common sense and bought the majority of the products that we have in our stores.
The lack of resources that we have had has made a lot of us question if we have become too dependent on imported goods, which has made a lot of people choose to start buying locally. Many of us have been left in a state of confusion as to which is the best of the two and researching it can lead you to a lot of conflicting opinions. To help you decide which is the best of the two, here are the pros and cons of buying locally and importing goods.
Importing Goods: Pros and Cons
One of the most obvious positives of importing goods is the cost. The main reason that a lot of companies choose to import products from different countries is the cost. It is a lot cheaper to manufacture products overseas and then import them over than it is to have them made locally. This cost is usually so low because of a difference in currency, as well as different regulations in concerns to the amount of money that needs to be paid to workers within these countries.
Another positive to importing goods is that some countries simply produce materials and foods that others don’t, which means that it is necessary to purchase products from these countries. For example, if we were to source produce from our own countries only, more than half of the world would be unable to eat foods like chocolate as they cannot be produced locally.
Cons of Importing Goods
One of the biggest cons of importing goods from across the world is the environmental damage that it can cause. Most produce is transported via ship or plane and if you are living in Australia, most produce comes in through some of the major cities and then is distributed across the world. Some businesses choose to source their products independently and use some of the many available air freight Perth has to offer. Though air travel has become much greener, flying still has some environmental impacts that are contributing to global warming, which is why many people are choosing to shop locally.
The Pros of Buying Locally
One of the biggest pros of buying local produce is that you are supporting local businesses. A lot of businesses have been hit economically by the distribution of the bigger businesses that are importing their goods because they are often much cheaper. By buying locally, you are adding to your local economy and supporting people that you may even know, which creates a feeling of community that is much needed during these difficult times.
The cons of buying locally
Unfortunately, when you buy locally you have to expect to spend far more. This is because of the fair payment of employees that is required by local businesses, which is a good thing if you look at it in terms of fairness. However, this will mean less profit for your own business, which is not ideal if you are already struggling to make money.
Another negative of buying local is that sometimes local vendors simply do not stock what you need, due to local manufacturing and what can be produced with local materials and produce.